Waifs & Strays – Fire In Me EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Waifs & Strays Fire In Me EP LovecrimesThe very first release on a brand new label here: say hello, everyone, to Lovecrimes, which has just been set up by Amos Nelson (better known as Waifs & Strays) and partner-in-crime ITchy Rich.

Nelson himself is at the controls for the label’s debut offering, serving up two original cuts. Fire In Me itself is a now-sounding bassy houser with a full female vocal that’s a bit poppy but steers just the right side of the line, while C’mon ploughs a similar musical furrow but with bigger bass and, by way of vocal, just a man’s voice saying “c’mon” over and over. Remix-wise, Death On The Balcony’s rub of the title track downpitches the vocal in places and has more of a trippy, 4am kinda feel overall, but the pick for me is the Instradub Mix, which ditches the vocal entirely and lets that menacing b-line come to the fore.

Out: 6 May

About: You can find Lovecrimes… er, no, you can’t actually. Or I can’t, so here’s Waifs & Strays on Soundcloud instead.

Various – 5 Years Of Gruuv EP 2

June 28, 2015 in Singles

5 Years Of Gruuv EP 2The second in Gruuv’s series of ‘fifth birthday’ EPs here and it’s every bit as good as the first.

Gorge’s Square Wave Romance is up first, a midtempo house cut with the spirit of old-time Chicago flowing freely. Number 4 from Julien Chaptal feat Julian (no, really) is slightly techier and more driving, with an insistent squelchy synth riff and treated ‘ooh’ vocals at its centre. Luna City Express’s Tell Me When You Ready is a chunky affair with buzzy bass and cut-up male vox, and then finally Waifs & Strays give us Beat On The Drums, which isn’t as all-out percussive as the title might lead you to expect, and instead is another sinuous house groover with a treated vocal repeating the title, more satisfying synth squelch and the occasional Sneaky disco flourish.

Four very solid cuts that should rock any house floor worth its salt.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gruuv on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Waifs & Strays – Keep Pushing EP

September 27, 2014 in Singles

Waifs & Strays Keep Pushing EP Resonance RecordsMuch as I do like the three records I’ve just told you about, it’s a case of ‘best till last’ tonight as we end with this excellent (deep) house EP from Resonance Records. Again there’s a local connection, with this being the work of Bristol lad Amos Nelson, a Futureboogie resident who’s already had releases under his Waifs & Strays moniker on Leftroom, Hot Creations and MadTech.

Keep Pushing itself is up first, a relatively uptempo affair by today’s standards, with drum and bass sounds that owe not a little to vintage Chi-town and an ominous spoken “keep pushing!” vocal, as well as some full-blown diva wails as the track progresses. Denney’s Acid Rework of the same is a tuffer, more stripped-down pass that doesn’t actually have any of the screaming 303s you might be expecting.

As for the other two originals, Walk Out is a low-slung, funk-fuelled groover dominated by a walking b-line, pleasingly raw-sounding keys and chopped female vox. But best of an already very fine bunch is Information, which starts with mid-paced techy drums and male “ah-ah-ahs”, before dropping down into a good old-fashioned deep organ jam, atop which another male voice intones the title every now and again. Superb, is the word here!

Out: This week

About: You can find Max Chapman’s Resonance Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.